Looks like it's more than just being competitive that is pushing Kimi Raikkonen to Ferrari next season. Ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, the icy Finn has threatened to boycott the final two races, the United States Grand Prix and the Brazilian Grand Prix, claiming his team, Lotus Renault, have not paid him "a single euro all year."

"I came here only because, hopefully, we found an understanding," Raikkonen told the media, while also saying his decision to race in the UAE was made at the last minute. According to BBC Sport, Raikkonen's salary is eight million euros, or $10.8 million as of this writing, plus 50,000 euros ($67,515) per point, meaning he's been shorted 17.5 million euro ($23.6 million) this season.

The team, which has struggled financially this year, has argued that Kimi's millionaire status should allow them to take care of their employees first. But Raikkonen's anger does seem justifiable - the season started in March, after all. "I am only here because I enjoy driving. But there are too many other things that get involved, a big part of it is business. We all try to make the best out of it. It is sad we end up in the position we are," Raikkonen said.

What do you think? Is Kimi, as an extremely wealthy individual and the face of the team, simply throwing a bit of a tantrum? Or would you support his boycott of the final two races? Let us know in Comments.


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      applesucks12
      • 1 Year Ago
      The team is being stupid putting out a statement like that. He needs to get paid for work he's done. It's that simple.
      Chrysto
      • 1 Year Ago
      Formula 1 is not a charity, if not ask Bernie Ecclestone what he does for money... Kimi is in his absolute right and is serving his part of the contract but Lotus Renault is not. I'm surprised he's in fact waited this long. The team is largely where it is this season thanks to him and Grosjean has learned tons from him, to the point that he is finally consistent, much thanks to Kimi's leadership of the team. I'm not sure boycotting the last races is the right approach in view of the fans and the general public, but he certainly has a cause and should defend it.
      dadslife83
      • 1 Year Ago
      Saw a different side of him in WRC and following his ICE team. This should be considered genuine. Having wealth does not mean you do extremely dangerous charity work. Unless they want to. Kimi is not a tantrum man, not in his nature.
      11fiveoh
      • 1 Year Ago
      At the end of the day, it's his job. Why would he work for free?
        riserburn99andre
        • 1 Year Ago
        @11fiveoh
        I agree and even if I was a millionaire it wouldn't change the fact that it was a contractual agreement made by the two parties
      summazooma
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hell, no, that's not a tantrum... He's showing a real control over what would, I'm sure, make any number of other wealthy professionals go to court or worse... The guy has been strapping himself into a car put together by a team that can't afford to pay him (and, that, let's be fair, in previous iterations has been considered to be a team that would compromise safety for speed or finances) and he's been one of the fastest guys out there, even winning the Aussie GP... This is a dangerous sport, the guy puts his life on the line, wins races, probably results in the improvement of parts of the car that have resulted in Grosjean being more competitive at the end of the season, brings a lot of attention to the team... and, with that, he can't be paid? Really? I think somebody needs to tell the owners of the team, certainly not paupers themselves, that the guy needs to be paid and, if need be, shut the team down for the last two races in order to do so.
      stevenh
      • 1 Year Ago
      a deal is a deal. If your employer has not paid you for your work would you continue working for them, especially when you put your life on the line every time you show up for work? If the team can not afford to pay its employees then they should exit the business of F1
      Yosamex
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lotus-Renault knows the cost of an F1 season, yet they still signed him. He showed up and performed very well. If they could not afford his salary and knew it, why sign him? A contract is a contract. Pay the man. It's a knock against their reputation, as well. Millionaire, or not, it's irrelevant. Bringing this up is just an excuse and a tactic to deflect from the actual issue- they both signed a contract and Lotus-Renault did not pay him.
      kawanut
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's pretty simple really. Kimi came back to F1 because he loves to race. He signed with Lotus because they offered him a decent deal based on performance incentives that would benefit both the Lotus team and Kimi if he was successful. Last year he wasn't paid until the end of the season... same BS as this year. His success brought Lotus a bunch of money from the FIA as well as other sponsors. This season, we can assume he had the same contract. Again Lotus has failed to pay. Kimi has even more success than last year - and then amazingly when folks start discussing his lack of pay in the paddock and media (a few months ago) his car and team strategy with pit stops and tires seems to go to ****. He still drives as fast as he can and manages to outperform that loose cannon Grosjean almost everywhere. Then Permaine curses at Kimi after letting him languish with crap tires in a race where he could have podiumed, and Kimi gets pissed. All the financial stuff comes to a head. I would be surprised if Lotus has a program next year... And Kimi is far from the jaded F1 driver many of you perceive him to be. And, considering his age, he is kicking ass in a sub-par car with a sub-par team, against Red Bull and those wankers...
      brianXL
      • 1 Year Ago
      Millionaire or not, he's entitled to be compensated, at some point, for what he does. I think he's beyond criticism since he's gone almost the entire season so far and kept his mouth shut. At this point I'd be making an issue of it, too.
      Toyota Winnipeg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Regardless of his millionaire status, Lotus should be paying their contracts as agreed. Raikkonen risks his life every time he gets in their car, and on top of that, he's the reason they're in the position they're in with regards to the Constructors Championship. The least they can do is pay him as agreed. As much as I love watching him race, I hope he does boycott them for the last 2 races if they don't pay him what's owed. Very bush league on Lotus' part.
      Leet
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kimi's wealth has nothing to do with it. It is garbage journalism to even mention that. Are you kidding me?!
        brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Leet
        Agreed. If the team can't afford to pay the driver and crew, then they shouldn't be operating. Plain and simple. His supposed wealth, or lack thereof, have absolutely NOTHING to do with this case.
      safeerexus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lotus' statements appear rather ridiculous. It doesn't matter if the man is a millionare or a bum, anyone who risks his life racing one of the fastest machines on the planet should be duly compensated. Hard to believe Kimi hasn't been paid despite winning the first race & being third in the Championship. On top of all this they shout at him on the radio while he's driving at 300kph. Talk about a lack of respect for a World Champ.
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